Query: Sources on mid-20th century river travel

I am beginning a project on the history of inland and riverine boat use on Alaska’s rivers, from the end of World War II until the time of Statehood (~1960). In particular, I will be looking at the introduction and expanded use of “new” types of river boats in the Territory, e.g. inflatable rubber boats (usually surplus military), shallow-draft airboats, and jet boats. I have started looking at histories of river running around this time, much of which focuses on the rivers of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, etc., and have some other resources on inflatable craft from that era.

Sources on mid-20th century river travel

I am beginning a project on the history of inland and riverine boat use on Alaska’s rivers, from the end of World War II until the time of Statehood (~1960). In particular, I will be looking at the introduction and expanded use of “new” types of river boats in the Territory, e.g. inflatable rubber boats (usually surplus military), shallow-draft airboats, and jet boats. I have started looking at histories of river running around this time, much of which focuses on the rivers of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, etc., and have some other resources on inflatable craft from that era.

New Open Access Book: Arcticness: Power and Voice from the North

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UCL Press is delighted to announce the publication of Arcticness: Power and Voice from the North, a new free book that may be of interest to members of this list. Download it free from https://goo.gl/VY3dC9

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New Open Access Book: Arcticness: Power and Voice from the North

***We apologise for any cross-posting***

UCL Press is delighted to announce the publication of Arcticness: Power and Voice from the North, a new free book that may be of interest to members of this list. Download it free from https://goo.gl/u6V4RH

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Arcticness: Power and Voice from the North

Edited by Ilan Kelman

Seeking sources/expertise on mind-19th century steam vessels

Greetings:

I'm seeking information on small steamships in the mid-19th century to help me make sense of my sources who refer to the difficulty encountered with one at a crucial scene in my work.

Specifically this is a small river steamer something like 35 feet long brought to Alaska in 1865 from, apparently, New York. The sources refer to a type of engine newly patented. 

I hadn't intended for the boat to figure so prominently in the story, but you just never know about these things. So I'd appreciate any insight or source suggestions.

thanks

Jeff Johnson

Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act

The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) intended to protect Alaska's wilderness diversity and natural scenery. With expanded land acquisition, many national monuments and other land areas became national parks, including Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Glacier Bay National Park, Katmai National Park and Preserve, and Kenai Fjords National Park. The legislation also provided for the expansion of conservation system units and provisions to continue protecting the environment. 

Totem Pole Restoration

The U.S. Forest Service, Sitka, and the Alaska State Museum collaborated to restore Sitka's totem poles. Seven totem poles were carved in Sitka National Park, paying special attention to authenticity measures and precise replication. Many of the original totem poles were placed into storage for protection. 

Information: National Park Service

Image Credit: Roger W. via Flickr

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